Rise of porch thieves ac­counts for many theft over $5,000 cases

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The rate of theft over $5,000 cases in 53 Di­vi­sion has es­sen­tially stayed the same from 2017 to 2018 year-to-date, but Const. Somers said one of the main dif­fer­ences this year is that many of th­ese cases can be at­trib­uted to porch thieves. “A large chunk of what you’re see­ing there are theft from mail, pack­age theft, shoplift­ing and theft from mo­tor ve­hi­cles where they’ve been bro­ken into and [thieves] stole items such as com­put­ers, cam­eras, things like that,” said Const. Somers.

Pack­age de­liv­ery com­pa­nies, such as FedEx, Puro­la­tor, UPS and Canada Post, have seen an in­crease in pack­age theft due to the rise of on­line shop­ping and the pop­u­lar­ity of web­sites like Ama­zon.

“We had one just a cou­ple days ago, and we ac­tu­ally got the en­tire in­ci­dent on video where a per­son just sim­ply drove around the neigh­bour­hood in his SUV, he looked for pack­ages, and when he’d see them on the porch, he’d sim­ply just walk up, grab them and non­cha­lantly walk back and load them in his truck,” said Const. Somers. “Peo­ple are or­der­ing things to their door, and that just opens the door to this type of thief to come and grab those pack­ages.”

Steve Kee of the In­sur­ance Bureau of Canada said, “If you’re hav­ing de­liv­er­ies and things come, it’s bet­ter to ar­range for times that you’re go­ing to be at home or to have them go to some sort of a lo­cal drop-off lo­ca­tion.”

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